Why The Welfare System Should Be Reformed?

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Why The Welfare System Should Be Reformed? “We should measure welfare 's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.”-Ronald Reagan. Able persons are using the welfare system their main source of living; while people that could benefit from more are not always given the help needed. I see it all the time due to the nature of my work with the elderly population. I assisted a veteran complete paperwork for cash assistance and SNAP benefits. He was denied because he made $150 above the income limit. According to the Census Bureau in there 2013, “there were 105,862,000 full-time year-round workers in the United States, including 16,685,000 full-time government workers. These full-time workers were outnumbered by the 109,631,000 whom the Census Bureau says were getting benefits from means-tested federal programs (welfare) as of the fourth quarter of 2012. Every American family that pays its own way and takes care of its own children whether with one or two incomes must subsidize the 109,631,000 on welfare.” Why should welfare be reformed? Immediately after assuming office in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed and then signed the Federal Emergency Relief Act (FERA), which, in its first year enabled the national government to distribute more than $1 billion to the states to assist their existing public relief programs. The history of public welfare in the United States has been one of continuing change and growth. Prior to the 1900’s local governments shared with private charitable organizations major responsibility for public assistance or as it was often termed, “public relief.” As the nation’s economy became more industrial and the population more concentrated in urban areas, the need for public ... ... middle of paper ... ... tables are just one example of how the welfare system designed to keep people poor and dependent, if individual does not take advantage of it and use it as a stepping tool to get ahead. I see young mothers waiting in line to get assistance, while dressing themselves and their child in brand name clothing, nails, hair done (not saying that they should not take care of themselves), but I can’t help to wonder how tax payer’s money is being used or should I say misused? While working people are trying to live within their means and not being able to afford what those on welfare can and that are not the essential necessities. Some individuals do not see the need to get ahead if their needs are being met. See, is like babies, some like to be cuddle and like to have their needs meet, while other babies like to explore and take chances by trying to do things on their own.

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